Matt Elam has called out Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips. No, not the Elam who was the most active defensive player last season and was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens.
Elam, a 4-star defensive tackle in the 2014 recruiting class (247Sports), has decided to share his feelings on the Gators coach via his Twitter account.
The first tweet should catch your attention:
Swear Im Done With Joker Phillips Haha Not To Be Rude Or Anything But I Cant Do It— Matt Elam™ (@FballIsLife69) June 9, 2013
Considering Phillips is the one recruiting the young man, this isn't a terrific sign. If a player truly doesn't like the guy he is in contact with, the school might as well give up and move on to the next guy. However, Elam wasn't done with calling the first-year assistant coach out in front of his 3,000-plus Twitter followers.
Great Dude But I Just Feel Disrespected And I Still Like The School But Just Not Real High On Joker— Matt Elam™ (@FballIsLife69) June 9, 2013
Disrespected? Did something happen that we should know about? If the nail wasn't in the coffin already, this is a clear sign Florida isn't too high on the defensive lineman's list at the moment. Sure, he made mention that he still likes the school, but players always end up picking the place where they feel most comfortable. Elam has made it perfectly clear that isn't the case with the Gators.
Phillips has made news during the offseason by using his Twitter account to attract wide receivers with awkward Photoshopped pictures. Whether it was the rock band design, his creepy Heath Ledger message or his air force theme, Phillips has come off as a goofball to some. However, this seems to be a little deeper than that, as Elam used the word "disrespected."
According to 247Sports, Elam is the second best player in the state of Kentucky behind only 4-star quarterback Drew Barker. Elam took an unofficial visit to Florida in late March, but has also visited Kentucky and Louisville since then, and he has a visit scheduled for Alabama on December 13. He also released his top four to Scout (paid link), which included Kentucky, Louisville, Alabama and Ohio State.
It should be interesting to see if Florida can get back in the running for Elam's talent.